WASHINGTON – The acting Navy secretary on Wednesday ordered a deeper investigation into the events surrounding the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt and the firing of its skipper for seeking aid. 

Acting Navy Secretary James McPherson said he ordered the more comprehensive investigation after receiving the findings of a preliminary inquiry conducted by Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations.

“This investigation will build on the good work of the initial inquiry to provide a more fulsome understanding of the sequence of events, actions, and decisions of the chain of command surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt,” McPherson said in a statement.

Gilday’s recommendation, based on his inquiry, was to reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier, the ship’s commander.

Outrage over Crozier’s ouster for advocating on behalf of the 4,800-member crew of